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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith set three SEC records before halftime of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T against Ohio State.
The Heisman Trophy winner started things off by breaking the SEC career receiving yards record on the opening drive of the night. His reception for 15 yards moved him past Jordan Matthews, who set the mark of 3,759 yards at Vanderbilt from 2010 to 2013.
Smith set the SEC single-season receiving and touchdown records, as well. He caught his 21st touchdown on a 5-yard reception in the second quarter, breaking a tie with LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase, who set the mark last season.
Smith also broke Chase’s single-season receiving yards record later in the second quarter, going past 1,781 yards on the season.
In the first half alone, Smith had 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns. The receptions set a record in a BCS/CFP national title game, his 215 yards are tied for second-most, and the receiving touchdowns are tied for the most. That also is the most receptions Smith has ever had in any half, and the most in a bowl game in Alabama history.
This is the fifth time Smith has had 200 or more receiving yards in his career. His career best for receiving yards in a game is 274 against Ole Miss on Sept. 28, 2019.
Smith suffered a hand injury in the third quarter and headed to the locker room. He’s questionable to return.
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